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Eurovision 2018 🇵🇹 The May 06 second round of rehearsals live update
ON THE SPOT: LIVE FROM LISBON
Greece 🇬🇷 Denmark 🇩🇰 extra rehearsals: still no update as they are about to begin at 15:00 CET
🚨 This means France, Italy will perform in the first and second half respectively
🚨 GRAND FINAL DRAWS
United Kingdom -> First Half
Germany -> First Half
Spain -> First Half
💡 REMINDER: the Blue Carpet live -> https://youtu.be/i-G1hy73Mb8
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🚨 Despite Italy been the last country to rehearse we are keeping thee live blog open as we don’t know yet whether the extra rehearsals of Greece and Denmark will be shown in the press. Stay tuned for updates…
ITALY 🇮🇹 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Goosebumps all over here for me. Despite – or maybe thanks to – the projections of the lyrics not being visible in the hall except for the screens hanging everywhere, the performance comes across as very powerful. Vocally both are very good and the song stands out as well for me. Love this.
ESCXTRA.COM: Both Ermal and Fabrizio are fantastic live singers, adding extra emotion that even the studio version doesn’t have.
EUROVOIX.COM: This is the last rehearsal for the day, but it looks like Ermal’s mic feed didn’t come in on time. Otherwise, another solid rehearsal.
🇮🇹 ITALY – Last country to rehearse (although next is Greece and Denmark with extra re-runs) is Italy. Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro are giving in their own Italian way a social / political message through their song which has visuals of the lyrics on screens and create a true sentimental performance with their message against terrorism. A great song that cannot have a success besides Italy where the song slays. It’s always good to have songs like this in Eurovision proving that the contest has space for everyone.
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FRANCE 🇫🇷 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: This could and should do very well and needs no fireworks or projections to get the message across.
ESCXTRA.COM: Vocals are very good. Sounds like the studio version. Very well done.
EUROVOIX.COM: The shot of Émilie walking across the bridge is tighter this time. They’ve also solidified a few eye contact issues from the first run-through.
🇫🇷 FRANCE – Emotional with a powerful message but not great vocals I am afraid unless Emelie is saving her voice. The powerful song from France should talk to every European (and I am actually awaiting to see thee votes of Italy and Greece on this issue, two countries which suffered the most from the refugees crisis, and still do). But I am afraid that Europeans will hide behind their fingers on this one. Oh Marianne, I am afraid you are so right.
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🇺🇸 The Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will not only be broadcast on television in the United States this year. Today, the EBU announces that US based radio station WJFD, the largest Portuguese FM radio station outside Portugal, will be broadcasting the Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as well — commentary included! Based in Massachusetts, WJFD 97.3 FM is the only FM-based Portuguese radio station in North America and the biggest FM station outside of Portugal broadcasting in the Portuguese language. WJFD has become the most-listened-to Portuguese radio station in the New England area providing news, sports and entertainment news. Entertainment production company Cargill Gardiner Corp. from Los Angeles will be providing Portuguese and English language commentary. (source: http://www.eurovision.tv)
🇩🇪 GERMANY – In the monitors watching the German rehearsal it seems that the music sound is higher than Michaels voice and seems a bit confusing. This sentimental performance will be liked in the central and Western Europe but still cannot how it can be appealing to the rest of the Europeans.
📆 In exactly a week from now we will know the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner!!!
Today at 18:00 CET watch live the Blue Carpet at MAAT, Lisbon
You can watch it live here -> https://youtu.be/i-G1hy73Mb8
💡 REMINDER: Today Greece and Denmark have an extra rehearsal to resolve technical issues: Greece with the visuals and Denmark with the snowstorm effect. RTP and EBU accepted the request. Unlike Greece, Danish delegation is quite upset on how RTP handled their idea.
For those wondering about yesterday’s press conference videos, it seems that RTP doesn’t even care to upload them
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SPAIN 🇪🇸 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Vocally it sounds very good and being the Portuguese neighbours there will probably be quite many Spanish fans in the audience to give them extra support. Still find it hard to guess where this will end up as it could be too sugary as well.
ESCXTRA.COM: As always, Amaia and Alfred’s vocals are both perfect. There’s nothing more than can be said.
EUROVOIX.COM: Spain are having issues with one shot where the steadycam operator keeps getting seen running off stage. Another solid performance from Spain, this looks like a left hand side finish and their best result since 2014.
🇪🇸 SPAIN – Traditional and romantic change for Alfred and Amaia. New outfits for Alfred & Amaia today – Alfred now wears a black suit and Amaia is in a classic long and wide black dress. The vocal performance is adequate for make the Spanish nation prod of their sweetheart couple. It is no secret that in Spain they are loving those two not because of their sinning but because of their relationship which seems to be real enough and not just to take votes. Appealing or not, no matter how this ends up in the scoreboard, Spanish entry has managed to unite the turmoiled nation which needs something to grab on. Singing in Lisbon with hundreds of Spanish fans attending thee contest this year, this one will be cheered highly during the Grand Final.
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Better camera, smoke and lighting giving the stage prop a bit more purpose than before. Esc nerds visual reference: Sanna Nielsen in 2011 #melfest with I’m in Love.
ESCXTRA.COM: Vocals are good. Her high note is not the strongest, but she works it.
EUROVOIX.COM: Old pyro was on the catwalk, now there is a pyro canon around the stage, which looks mildly better.
🇬🇧 UNITED KINGDOM – SuRie is a great funny personality and totally familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest as she is part of delegations since 2015. With solid vocals and amazing confidence she is storming the stage with her performance. UK should be proud of their entry this year. They have cut down the camera sequence of coming back through the tunnel a lot which is an improvement as the shot of her mic pack looked a little unpolished the first time round. UK is not considered a favourite to win but no matter what SuRie is giving a professional performance with a great representation of her country.
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PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Claudia and Isaura in fine morning voice. A few more wider angles this time. Still not in costume.
ESCXTRA.COM: Claudia’s vocals are spot on, and her voice is just beautiful, sending chills through the press centre! Isaura works really well with her when she appears.
EUROVOIX.COM: 11 minute 30 Isaura joins Claudia on stage, there is very limited eye contact with the camera, so you’re not able to make a connection.
🇵🇹 PORTUGAL – The host country is conducting its first rehearsal. Cláudia Pascoal has a perfect imperfect voice (this is what her composer said, not us). You love this song because it’s unique and comes from the soul. Yes, Portugal will not win again but this is a song which will make all Portuguese proud for hosting the contest for the first time in their history. Congratulations / Obrigado Portugal and thank you for the wonderful hosing so far.
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Good morning Europe: today we have exciting live blog for you
💡 thee remaining second semi final countries are rehearsing
💡 extra rehearsal for Greece and Denmark
💡 the Blue Capret